Screening Room: Best of 2012…So Far
BEST OF 2012 (SO FAR)
Welcome to our all-star edition of the Screening Room. We are half way through the year so we thought we’d take a look at the best movies released so far this year.
3. MOONRISE KINGDOM
Quirky filmmaker Wes Anderson offers “Moonrise Kingdom,” a likably whimsical comedy about a pair of eccentric 12-year-old runaways in 1965. The adult supporting cast includes Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray. It’s definitely not for everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying its offbeat artistry. 4 Popcorn Bags
2. THE GREY
Liam Neeson stars in the survival drama, “The Grey,” which is really a cerebral art flick disguised as a thriller. Neeson plays one of several oil rig workers in Alaska who are preyed upon by a ravenous pack of wolves. While the horrific R-rated events that follow are an ordeal to sit through, “The Grey” is an extremely well made movie that has more on its mind than action and adventure. It’s as thoughtful as it is hard to watch. 4 Popcorn Bags
1. THE AVENGERS
Luckily, in this case, too many chefs don’t spoil the broth as your favorite Marvel comic heroes unite to save the Earth. Robert Downey, Jr.’s charismatic presence as Iron Man is a big help and the special effects and production values are top-notch. But it’s the smart, witty dialogue and snappy direction that makes “The Avengers” super. Fan boys will be in heaven…and everyone else will probably have a good time, too. 4 Popcorn Bags
3. THINK LIKE A MAN
“Think Like a Man” is a fresh and urban sexy examination of love and life in today’s world. The terrific cast and filmmakers take the source material, Steve Harvey’s best-selling self-help book “Think Like a Lady, Act Like a Man” to the next level. The movie also features a killer soundtrack. An overall soulful experience. Very soulful.
“Ted” is the funniest comedy I’ve seen in a long time. Leave the kiddies at home though. This is adult entertainment at a high level. “Ted” is the most hilarious and sinfully original movie in years. It’s outrageously funny and straight from the bizarre mind of “The Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane who wrote, directed and provided the voice of Ted with his trademarked irreverent and crass humor with brilliant strokes of genius. I was lovin’ me some Ted. Dude rocks.
“Prometheus” is not a prequel to “Alien.” Wink. Wink. What “Prometheus” is though, is a sci-fi masterpiece. It’s tailor-made for hardcore sci-fi fans. Not an easy watch. It’s intense. It’s maddening. It’s brilliant. It’s frustrating. It throws sucka punches….And it completely satisfies.There are similarities to “Alien” but this movie can stand alone and maybe stand a second viewing. Yes, it’s complicated. Very! But when you are a team of space explorers searching for the origins of the universe, things tend to get tricky and a bit scary. This movie dope.